Lawyer eyes P11.4-B plunder case vs Alcala

By Dharel Placido,

Posted at Jan 16 2014 04:47 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2014 03:21 PM

MANILA – A lawyer on Thursday revealed that he is finalizing another plunder complaint against Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and other members of the so-called "Quezon Mafia."

Speaking to dzMM, lawyer Argee Guevarra said the plunder complaint would be in connection with P11.4 billion in unaccounted funds at the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR), an attached agency of the DA where Acala serves as ex-officio chairman.

Guevarra said based on a Commission on Audit (COA) report, some P5.6 billion in NABCOR funds were unaccounted for from 2009 to 2011.

"Ang NABCOR wala pa atang P50 million ang budget nito kada taon but they were able to disburse P5.6 billion," Guevarra told dzMM.

From 2012 to 2013, meanwhile, Guevarra said NABCOR was again able to release P5.8 billion, P800 million of which have yet to be liquidated.

"P800 million dito hindi pa nail-liquidate. Itinataya ko ang aking mukha na sa P5 billion na nakapagsubmit sila ng liquidation, ako ay magtataka kung walang Napoles account," Guevarra said, referring to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles whose fake non-government organizations allegedly pocketed government funds coursed through government agencies suchas NABCOR.

Guevarra recently filed a plunder complaint against Alcala and National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Orlan Calayag in connection with the alleged overpricing of Vietnam rice imports.

In his plunder complaint, Guevarra accused Calayag, NFA deputy administrator Dennis Guerrero and alleged "broker/fixer" Alfredo "Buddy" Roa of pocketing P457.2 million from a P4.1-billion rice importation deal with Vietnam.

Guevarra said by being the sole importer of rice, the NFA is able to earn large kickbacks from favored rice importers and traders.

The lawyer said he will soon name the members of the Quezon Mafia, a group of political allies and political lieutenants supposedly beholden to Alcala and have been appointed in key positions in the DA and its attached agencies.

"Lahat ng kakainin natin sa mesa kontrolado nila, mula bigas, bawang sibuyas, manok, ang importation nito, sila ang nagre-regulate nito," he said.